Housestaff and faculty are invited to send off the graduating residents with a bang! During this banquet, the graduating residents are honored at their last official residency function in mid-June. This banquet is always a lot of fun but is a sad reminder of the parting of people who have become close friends.
Intern Welcome Dinner
All new interns and their families are invited to a local restaurant where they are welcomed by the Program Director, Department Chairman, Chief Residents, other members of the Housestaff, and other members of the faculty. This also serves as a way for the intern class to meet one another so that they can organize impromptu meetings during the remainder of the intern orientation.
Night at the Travelers
Toward the end of June, the Housestaff Office invites residents and faculty to attend a Travelers Game at Dickey-Stevens Baseball Park. We will rent out the party deck for dinner, the game, and some good company. Families are welcome and this is another chance for the new intern class to meet the people they will be working with for the remainder of the year.
The Arkansas State Fair
All the fried food you can eat is available at the state fair every October! Residents meet up at the hospital at least once during the fair and carpool out to the fair to eat all the fried foods they can. Hopefully, all that food stays down during the rides!
Attendings function as judges and residents and other faculty members will bring their chili creations to be sampled by everyone. Families are welcome and depending on the weather outdoor activities are used to burn off all the chili. At the end of the day, a champion is crowned and gets to spend the remainder of the year bragging!
We enjoy celebrating Halloween with the patients during the day. Each team of residents dresses up together per the program theme and parades during a conference lunch. Traditionally a resident hosts an evening Halloween party as well. Families come early and the party usually lasts late! Costumes are of course a prerequisite and are often quite different from those worn in the hospital during the day!
At the December Housestaff meeting, residents open gifts from their “secret Santa” (chosen the previous month) in front of the rest of the Housestaff. The gifts tend to be quite humorous, and Santa’s cheeks aren’t the only ones that are red by the end of the day!
Holiday Progressive Dinner Party
This party train starts at one attending’s house with appetizers, moves to another with entrees, and finishes at a third with drinks and desserts! The party usually lasts well into the night and is attended by both residents and attendings.
Resident Appreciation Week
Although we appreciate our residents all year long we give them the spotlight for a week in the Spring. With an event each day, we’ve been known to celebrate with a Chick-Fil-A breakfast, food truck lunch, and US Pizza dinner. If the Arkansas Travelers baseball team is in town we’ll hope for a doubleheader!
Every Spring we get together and go where the wind takes us! Whether it’s a picnic by the river or an afternoon of put-put, we enjoy the end of flu season and the Spring weather.
All Year Round
Most of our resident social gatherings aren’t even planned!